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List Rules Only NFL coaches. College football coaches don't count unless they've coached in the NFL

The best NFL coaches of all time are hands down the best men ever to lead their respective National Football League teams into battle. There are reasons why these men have teams, stadiums, video game franchises and that little thing given away annually to the Super Bowl champion named after them. These are the best NFL coaches to have ever lived, period.

Regardless of which NFL team you root for, there is little doubt that the vast majority of football fans would agree that Vince Lombardi is the greatest football coach in the history of mankind. As a forefather to the NFL, Lombardi coached the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s, leading them to five championships in a seven-year span including wins in the first two Super Bowls ever. His inspirational words are still widely used today as is his name which graces the title of the Lombardi Trophy, awarded to the annual champion of the National Football League.

But there are many more legendary NFL coaches of past and present that also deserve a place on this list for their brilliance, inspiration and undeniable success on the field. Coaches like Tom Landry, Don Shula, George Halas, Paul Brown and Chuck Noll were the leaders in the league a few decades ago while the best current NFL coaches like Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin and Mike Shanahan continue to improve upon their already legendary status in NFL history.

How do you define which NFL coach is the best of all time? Is it from their championships and wins or do you look at their entire career to compare one body of work to another? However you do it, vote, add to or re-rank this list of the best NFL coaches of all time.
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748 430
Vince Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 57 (1913-1970)

2
1,092 491
Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

3
589 306
Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 76 (1931-2007)

4
596 345
Don Shula is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 88

5
583 320
Tom Landry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 76 (1924-2000)

6
528 251
Chuck Noll is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 82 (1932-2014)

7
505 278
John Madden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
carlybobarly added age 82

8
424 218
Joe Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 78

9
391 250
Bill Parcells is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 77

10
321 184
George Halas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 88 (1895-1983)

11
325 143
Paul Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 83 (1908-1991)

12
331 271
Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 75

13
237 186
Bud Grant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 91

14
230 172
Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 93

15
288 304
Mike Ditka is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 79

16
182 162
Hank Stram is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 82 (1923-2005)

17
279 184
Bill Cowher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 61

18
233 191
Tom Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 72

19
246 163
Tony Dungy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 63

20
201 161
Dick Vermeil is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 82

21
183 162
Mike Holmgren is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 70

22
177 198
Mike Shanahan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 66

23
165 129
Marty Schottenheimer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time

24
214 166
Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 60

25
132 205
Tom Flores is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 81

26
212 278
Mike Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 46

27
167 184
Sean Payton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 55

28
175 100
Curly Lambeau is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 67 (1898-1965)

29
183 216
Pete Carroll is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 67

30
147 115
Dan Reeves is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 74

31
147 95
Don Coryell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 86 (1924-2010)

32
120 97
Chuck Knox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
willyboymcoy added age 86

33
129 88
George Allen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
wiabux added Died at 72 (1918-1990)

34
94 88
George Seifert is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added age 78

35
89 155
Mike McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added age 55

36
98 168
Buddy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
JohnWarner added age 87

37
89 107
Weeb Ewbank is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 91 (1907-1998)

38
112 142
Jon Gruden is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Esavi added age 55

39
99 137
John Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added age 56

40
63 38
Bum Phillips is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
DREW57 added Died at 90 (1923-2013)

41
100 155
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
supersix added age 55

42
79 89
Sid Gillman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Died at 92 (1911-2003)

43
54 94
Jim E. Mora is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added age 83

44
34 57
Gary Kubiak is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 57

45
45 71
Mike Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
dan the critic added age 62

46
48 164
Jeff Fisher is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added age 60

47
46 96
Jack Del Rio is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
Californiaadam added age 55

48
53 126
John Fox is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added age 63

49
37 61
Ron Rivera is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
age 56

50
20 65
Greasy Neale is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NFL Coaches of All Time
slaft added Died at 82 (1891-1973)